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Pinterest Project #2: Healthy Avocado Chocolate Cookies

My hubby is an amazing cook (not to rub it in– I’m just extremely thankful because I am NOT), so I didn’t expect to get so into the recipe aspect of Pinterest.  However, I’ve been craving chocolate like crazy these days.  Unfortunately, since we will be heading to the Bahamas for my sister’s wedding in 2 months (stay tuned!) gluttonous desserts are out of the question.  Most of the time.  Anyhow, in a moment of desperation, I did a search for “healthy chocolate desserts.”  Surprise: TONS of results popped up. I’m loving Pinterest more and more.

One recipe in particular stood out: Healthy Avocado Chocolate Cookies.  I love avocados.  I love chocolate.  But would the they WORK together?  The pictures looked fantastic.  Amazing.  My mouth watered.  I was mad because I didn’t have any avocados and couldn’t make them immediately.  I had to know if they really tasted as good as they looked.  Even better, the cookies have no flour or dairy.  They really just might be HEALTHY chocolate!

When hubby got home from work I excitedly showed him the recipe and asked that he add avocados and cocoa powder to next week’s shopping list.  Of course he looked at the recipe, said it would be easy, and he would gladly make them.  Yay!

Here we are a week later and I finally get to try said cookies.  They are rich, decadent, ooey, gooey, with chocolate chunks to add just the right texture.  I know there is avocado in there…actually, it’s the main ingredient.  But you can’t even tell.  The true test was Lilu.  She is a great eater, but avocados are one of two things she legitimately does not care for (the other being mushrooms).  She devoured a cookie and was shocked to discover the “secret” ingredient was dreaded avocados.  She laughed and admitted the cookies were absolutely delicious– perhaps even more so because of the surprise involved.

A couple notes:

  • We used dark chocolate cocoa powder (as opposed to regular or milk chocolate powder), so that is why our cookies look almost black in the photo.
  • Matt added an extra 1/2 cup of chocolate chunks (there didn’t seem to be quite enough in the original recipe)
  • We used 60% cacao instead of 80%, so ours turned out a little sweeter.
  • Matt also used a bit extra avocado…maybe an extra 1/4th cup.  You still can’t taste it.

These cookies exceeded my expectations– I’m excited to try more recipes from this healthy chef (“The Smoothie Lover” — can’t believe she’s only 18!) and others.  Pinterest did it again!

Connect with me on Pinterest!  I’m still relatively new 🙂

My first Pinterest project

I just joined Pinterest last week– I know, I know, I’m REALLY late to the Pinterest party!  I kept hearing people saying things like: “I found it on Pinterest!” so I figured I should see what it’s all about.  I’m still figuring it all out, so feel free to let me know any hints or pointers to make my page/boards better: http://www.pinterest.com/soccermomblog/

Anyhow, I tried out my first Pinterest idea yesterday.  Just browsing through “home organization ideas,” (getting rid of clutter is my daily struggle…I live with borderline hoarders) I saw a pin that suggested switching unsightly dish soap bottles with olive oil dispensers.  And you know what?  I actually had a spare olive oil dispenser just laying around begging to be used (we cook mainly with coconut oil).

It had appeared in our home as an un-marked wedding gift that still bore it’s $4.99 price tag.  I laughed when I opened it and tossed it in the cabinet with other junk bottles that I hoped someday might find use.  Now here I was, running to the kitchen and gleefully grabbing it out of its dark hiding place and sighing happily when the price stickers peeled off easily.  I squirted bright blue soap into the dispenser and put it where the ugly plastic bottle used to sit.  I liked what I saw.  So much so that I grabbed a couple small Fiesta bowls from the cupboard to hold the sponges and wire scrubber.  I mean, I couldn’t have them just laying around looking a mess now.

I proudly showed my more refined looking sink to anyone who would listen (aka my husband and my mom).  I am already one of THOSE people– making their lives better (or at least keeping themselves busy) with Pinterest.  I’ve got a few more ideas up my sleeve that I hope to try in the new future– I’ll keep you posted if any of them turn out to be super cool– and I’ll pin them 😉

DIY Love Coat Rack

DIY: “LOVE” Coat Rack

I was feeling crafty around Christmas time (rare for me, as I’ve already stated, I don’t often have the time or energy for such things) and saw a cute idea on a mommy message board.  One mom had painted the letters “L” and “E” on the left and right sides of a piece of wood, and used her baby’s hand print to make the “O” and foot prints to make the “V.”  When you looked at it all together, it appeared to spell “LOVE.”  Super cute!

DIY Love Coat Rack Kids Craft

I was shopping for supplies at Hobby Lobby when I found this pre-made coat rack (about $15) and thought I could do the painting on it.  Not only would it be art, but it would be functional too!  I grabbed a couple other styles (which were given as gifts so I don’t have photos) and some paints and headed home to get to work before I lost my motivation.

I recommend buying a small foam roller (about 4″ wide) to apply the paint to your kid’s hands and feet– it will make the whole process a lot easier and slightly less messy (no dripping).  Have a damp towel on hand to immediately wipe off excess paint so there are no accidents.  I used acrylic paint for this project– it cleans right off skin and dries quickly on the wood.  The whole project cost about $25 and took only 30 minutes or so.  Lilu was a pro– her handprint looks stellar!  Annabelle, of course, was a little wiggly, so her feet are slightly smeared– but I was still happy with the result.  Especially for my first DIY project in a long time!

I actually hung it myself as well with two drywall anchors and a screwdriver.  Not the most fun part, but I was able to get it done in about 5 minutes.  The anchors say they can support up to 50 pounds and the coat rack itself is very sturdy, so it can hold plenty of items.  I’ve got multiple jackets and even the Ergo carrier ready to go by our door now.

Happy Crafting!